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As the wealthy retrench amid the coronavirus crisis, low-wage workers take the hit

Except for a period during the Vietnam War in the 1970s and when she first settled in California a decade later, manicurist Liz Le had never experienced a long stretch of unemployment.

For 25 years she has worked at the same nail salon on Bedford Drive in Beverly Hills. It’s where her hard life — raising three daughters as a single mother with a low-wage job after losing her husband in Vietnam — intersected with the smooth hands of her more fortunate clients.

Today, however, as COVID-19 rampages through California, Le has not heard from many of her regular clients

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Adoptions, fosters empty shelter cages during COVID-19 crisis, but there will always be homeless pets

America’s animal shelters have been transformed during the COVID-19 pandemic by surging adoptions and fosters and plummeting pet populations. But be sure of this: Shelters will never run out of animals in need. 

In fact, few shelters are empty, notwithstanding the cheery videos you may have seen. Most still have adoptable cats and dogs, though there might be a waiting list to get one. 

The heartening news is that Americans have stepped up by the tens of thousands to adopt, foster or just clean cages at their local shelters as social distancing, combined with reduced staffing, has closed facilities to

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Is it OK to feed stray cats during the coronavirus crisis?

<span class="caption">A cat basks in the New Jersey sunshine amid coronavirus lockdown.</span> <span class="attribution"><a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="https://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/stray-cat-sleeps-on-the-boardwalk-steps-as-a-pedestrian-news-photo/1212177480?adppopup=true" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Mark Makela/Getty Image">Mark Makela/Getty Image</a></span>
A cat basks in the New Jersey sunshine amid coronavirus lockdown. Mark Makela/Getty Image

A lot of people are facing ethical decisions about their daily life as a result of the coronavirus. Ethicist Lee McIntyre has stepped in to help provide advice over the moral dilemmas we face. If you have a question you’d like a philosopher to answer, send it to us at us-ethicalquestions@theconversation.com

I take care of stray cats outside by giving them food. At the moment, they may have more difficulty finding food as the restaurants and cafes are closed. I don’t know if I have COVID-19

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